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Trade union rights are human rights

Trade unionists are far too often subject to attacks by repressive governments. Every year, many are subjected to violence, arrest and imprisonment, torture and even murder. Trade union leaders in education are targeted by non-democratic governments who seek total control of education, and deny teachers and education support personnel their rights.

Even in democratic countries, many education workers are denied the right to join unions and/or engage in collective bargaining. Where bargaining exists, limits on its scope can be imposed. Moreover, teachers and education support personnel are denied the right to strike.

Education International also supports the right of students to organise and join the fight for more inclusive and democratic communities.

Working closely with our member organisations, other global unions and human rights networks, we use supervisory mechanisms at the national, regional and global levels to ensure rights and standards are respected and social dialogue is effective.

Solidarity actions among our global membership are a powerful tool to advance rights everywhere.

Our work in this area

  1. News 31 May 2007

    Zimbabwe: EI mourns death of tortured PTUZ founder

    EI joins the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) in mourning the death of founder member and national treasurer MacDonald Mangauzani on 27 May. Reports suggest that he succumbed to internal injuries sustained from brutal torture while in police custody last February.

    Zimbabwe: EI mourns death of tortured PTUZ founder
  2. News 15 May 2007

    Burundi: STEB gets off to a good start

    From 10 to 13 April 2007, the Free Trade Union of Education Workers (STEB) organised a national 'Training of Trainers' workshop on HIV/AIDS prevention through schools in Bujumbura (Burundi). It was supported by both EI and WHO-AFRO.

    Burundi: STEB gets off to a good start
  3. News 15 May 2007

    Guinea: Study documents impact of HIV/AIDS on education

    As the number of school-age children grows, so too does the need for teachers, and the need for improving the quality of education. Teachers are key actors in this process, but they are still not being sheltered from the devastating HIV and AIDS pandemic.

    Guinea: Study documents impact of HIV/AIDS on education
  4. News 15 May 2007

    India: Teachers' unions condemn ban on sex education

    In March the state government of Maharashtra, India announced its intention to ban sex education in schools across the state. The Indian teachers' union AIFTO immediately condemned the move as a "retrograde step in the otherwise progressive state of Maharashtra." If the ban goes through, the state will join Karnataka,...

    India: Teachers' unions condemn ban on sex education
  5. News 15 May 2007

    Access to Anti Retrovirals: huge hopes for millions living with AIDS

    According to a new report published mid-April by the WHO, UNAIDS and UNICEF, access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS in low-income countries continued to grow during 2006, with more than 2 million receiving treatment in December 2006.

    Access to Anti Retrovirals: huge hopes for millions living with AIDS
  6. News 15 May 2007

    Oxfam Report: Paying for People

    According to the Oxfam Briefing Paper on Paying for People, millions of people are dying, sick, or out of school because there are not enough teachers, nurses, and doctors in poor countries.

    Oxfam Report: Paying for People
  7. News 15 May 2007

    Accelerating the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS

    From 5-9 March 2007, a workshop on "Strengthening the Education Sector Response to School Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Programmes" took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    Accelerating the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS
  8. News 11 May 2007

    Iran: Five Teachers detained on 8 May released

    Of the seven teachers arrested and taken to Evin prison during a protest on 8 May, five have been released after posting bail of $30,000 each.

    Iran: Five Teachers detained on 8 May released
  9. News 4 May 2007

    Cambodia: Unions Call for Justice for Murdered Unionists

    A joint statement was issued on 1 May by all Cambodian trade unions, including EI member organisation the Cambodia Independent Teachers' Association (CITA), calling for investigation into the murder of trade union leaders.

    Cambodia: Unions Call for Justice for Murdered Unionists
  10. News 18 April 2007

    New EFAIDS website launched

    This month, EI is pleased to announce the launch of the new EFAIDS Programme website: www.ei-ie.org/efaids.

    New EFAIDS website launched
  11. News 18 April 2007

    28 April: HIV/AIDS Campaign at centre of Global Union efforts

    April 28 is a day to commemorate the 2 million workers who die, the 1.2 million who are injured, and the 160 million who fall ill each year due to unsafe, unhealthy, or unsustainable work and workplaces. AIDS is among the principal causes of death and illness amongst workers and...

    28 April: HIV/AIDS Campaign at centre of Global Union efforts
  12. News 18 April 2007

    BTU Botswana take stock of progress

    In the framework of its EFAIDS Programme, the BTU/Botswana has recently been engaged in a number of worthwhile activities. Whether engaged in advocacy work to improve the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS or reinforcing partnerships towards the achievement of Education for All (EFA), the union has been...

    BTU Botswana take stock of progress
  13. News 18 April 2007

    KNUT/Kenya awards schools on HIV/AIDS prevention efforts

    In October 2006 a competition for schools participating in the KNUT/AFT HIV/AIDS programme got off the ground with the involvement of 105 schools. EI provided support for this initiative which was heralded as an excellent method of motivating schools to step up their HIV/AIDS education efforts.

    KNUT/Kenya awards schools on HIV/AIDS prevention efforts
  14. News 18 April 2007

    ETA/Ethiopia Programme Coordinator Freed

    Earlier this year we reported on the detention of three elected officers of the Ethiopian Teachers Association (ETA), including Meqcha Mengistu, a member of the Committee for the implementation of the EFAIDS Programme. The three men were finally released on 22 March after three months of imprisonment and torture and...

    ETA/Ethiopia Programme Coordinator Freed
  15. News 18 April 2007

    Global Unions meet in Geneva and Johannesburg to discuss cooperation

    Education International represents teachers unions worldwide and, as such, is one of the sectoral global unions confronted with the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Clearly many other trade union organisations from other sectors also face the impact of the pandemic. Just as the teachers represented by EI, also the miners, the...

    Global Unions meet in Geneva and Johannesburg to discuss cooperation
  16. News 18 April 2007

    Francophone HIV/AIDS Conference underlines importance of prevention

    Late last month, Paris was the setting for the 4th Francophone Conference on HIV and AIDS. Speakers participating in the event underlined the urgent need to pursue a dual approach to fighting AIDS which would give priority to both prevention and treatment.

    Francophone HIV/AIDS Conference underlines importance of prevention
  17. News 18 April 2007

    Male circumcision: calls for caution over potential to prevent HIV

    In March UNAIDS and the WHO issued official recommendations on the basis of new evidence demonstrating that circumcised men are up to 60% less likely to get HIV than those who are not. Since then, experts have issued statements warning that this evidence should be greeted with caution. Although circumcision...

    Male circumcision: calls for caution over potential to prevent HIV
  18. News 18 April 2007

    Interview with Clementine Dehwe, Global Unions HIV and AIDS Coordinator

    Over the last year the Global Unions organised five sub-regional workshops on HIV and AIDS in Africa which were attended by national trade union centres and unions. EI affiliates played a key role in these events.

    Interview with Clementine Dehwe, Global Unions HIV and AIDS Coordinator